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BKFC: Paige VanZant outboxed in bare-knuckle debut


Referee Dan Miragliotta (C) raises the hand of Britain Hart (L) following her win over Paige VanZant in the women's featherweight main event of BKFC Knucklemania at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2021.


Referee Dan Miragliotta (C) raises the hand of Britain Hart (L) following her win over Paige VanZant in the women's featherweight main event of BKFC Knucklemania at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2021.


Now that the UFC is gentrified – it's now mixed martial arts (MMA), and no longer no holds barred (NHB) fighting – and its overwhelming success has created equivalent leagues on a local, national, and international level, where do meatheads looking to prove they're hard go?


Paige VanZant (L) throws a left hand to the chin of Britain Hart during the BKFC KnuckleMania event at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2021.


Senator John McCain may have wanted early UFC banned on the grounds that it was "human cockfighting" but, as underdeveloped as it looks now, the fights between Shamrock, Gracie, Severn et al were legitimate tests of skill.


However, when Knucklemania is viewed in toto, VanZant perhaps got a lucky escape: in the opening bout, Taylor Starling and Charisa Sigala cut each other so badly that the gruesome images of that contest are being censored on social media as "Adult Content".






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